One thing that no site seems to be able to agree on is how many episodes Durarara has. Some say 12 and others say 24. Now I know most people plead that their favourite show will have 24 episodes and I’m sure people will say the same with Durarara. Something along the lines of ‘we need more time to get the plot rolling’ or something like that. But many of the more reliable sources (aka: not MAL) says that it might only have 12. Thinking back, I did think it was odd to see Brains Base suddenly make the jump to a 24 episode series when they haven’t done that before. I simply assumed it was a natural jump to make given how much they were hyping up Durarara (with good reason, as it’s shown thus far). So as much as I’d like it to have 24 episodes, I’m going to have to brace myself for 12. At least then if it does go on for longer I’ll be pleasantly surprised. It’s all pointless speculation anyway. Which, by curious coincidence, is exactly what most of my posts are.
::Edit:: Shimaru just informed me that psgels said the official site says 24 episodes. Convoluted system of learning this info aside, hurrah for 24 episodes! I was just trying to be optimistic with that opening paragraph but I really do feel this needs 24 episodes.
I won’t say I was looking forward to these guys finally getting an episode of their own, because that’s not quite true. But I did think that is desperately what Durarara needed because these guys were becoming an odd group that seemed to serve no purpose except to make otaku references and carry round cardboard cutouts of hot wolf girls. But what I didn’t expect is for them to perform so well, this was my favourite episode of Durarara so far. Being a member of Dollars was a total shock. I assumed these were the normal people in the show (to a given value of normal) but that’s been shoved in my face. Everyone is involved somehow in this giant gang war and headless hunt somehow. Except Mikado. Again, the reason he sticks out in this show is because he is the only truly normal person in this show.
Talking about Mikado, his short scene with Anri and Kida was one of the many highlights of the episode. Sometimes the normal character in a show full of nutters can drag any scene down he’s in (Reki from Claymore anyone?) but their scene was quite a lot of fun, although that was mainly down to Simon. I’m not sure if it’s because he has a funny accent or because he always starts each scene with ‘Irashai, irashai’ but I always find myself grinning whenever Simon comes on the scene. I wonder what he does outside of working at that Sushi shop of his? The only references to him being anywhere else always comes back to his sushi shop. His fight against Shizuo? Making a delivery. Knowing about human parts in other sushi restaurants? Checking out his competition.
Yeah, cannabalism. This is where my crazy theorizing comes into play yet again. We finally got to see the final character from the opening we’d yet to meet. Namie Yagiri, the brother of the worst eloper ever, Seiji Yagiri (seriously man. I’m no expert at eloping but shouldn’t you at least leave the town you live in?). Now I seriously doubt there’s any cannabilism from anyone in this show, but she definately confirmed they were experimenting on humans. Go into a slum, nick yourself a foreigner (but not Simon. They may be thugs but you’d have to be some idiot to take on Simon) bring it back and she’ll experiment on it. And that brings me to this.
I’ve grown quite attached to my ‘Harima is wearing Celty’s head’ theory so working my way around that, what we have here is possibly Harima’s head and the girl who has the Dullahan’s head is now eloping *pfft* with her brother. What sort of fucked up world to this lot live in? Let me get this straight. Seiji has a stalker so his sister takes the head of a mythical Irish fairy and transplants the head onto the stalker, keeping the head in her possession, and now Seiji falls madly in love with her….wow, that is seriously messed up. Maybe my theory isn’t right after all. That all sounds too crazy to be true, even by Durarara standards.
Any character who listens to Pavorotti will instantly become one of my favourites, especially if they sing along. What I enjoyed about him was how at first he seemed like a rather racist characature of foreigners. I mean, just look at the picture. Notice the wider eyes and the hairy palms (Asian men have seemingly no hair. That Singaporean guy in my flat must shave his legs or something, especially compared to my Gorilla legs). The episode even went to portray him as a bumbling idiot, only to later on show that they guy has a bit of brain even while drugged. He was seen as a valuable friend by the Dollars gang and one who they could also rely upon in a pinch. It was quite a smart piece of work by Durarara looking back at it. They manipulated me by getting me to dismiss this guy only to show his usefulness later on. This should teach me never to dismiss a man who can sing Nessum Dorma.
So this is why Celty was afraid of aliens. Watching these crappy conspiracy programmes. We don’t have them in Ireland. Nobody ever thinks they’ve been abducted. They assume those nights they can’t remember and that funny mark on their arm to be from a drunken night out when they fell in a bush. Which is normally true anyway. Talking ’bout Celty, episode 4 has had an unusual effect on her appearance in the anime. When she’s bombing about Ikebukero, she’s no longer this mysterious figure who we all wow over. She’s been humanised and gets scared or embarrassed like any other human It’s odd how the character who has one of the most normal human emotions is the one without a head.
Me while watching Durarara. Yes, I’m totally in love with this show. I have to keep my word count down to not much more over 1000 per post so I’m going to have to shut up now, but this episode shoved Durarara even further ahead of any other competition this season. Even the characters who I thought would be the dull ones of the season have turned out to be an epic group of Dollars who torture people by making them read Ladies vs Butlers. Then next week we’ve been promised narration by Shizuo.